Free Bowling!

Bowling Deals

Back to school is fast approaching but there is still time to squeeze in some last minute summer fun. A great way to bust boredom and get the wiggles out will still avoiding the heat is bowling. And there are quite a few ways to enjoy this fun for FREE!

Free Summer Bowling for Students

There is still plenty of time to take advantage of the FREE Summer Bowling offer for students. Brunswick offers one free game a day until September. Visit your local Brunswick to get set up with the summer program. Many bowling centers are taking part in the Kids Bowl Free program, which offers two free games a day all summer long. Use the link to find a center nearest you and sign your child up for FREE bowling.

National Bowling Day!

Saturday August 8th is National Bowling Day. This means FREE Bowling, parties, games and prizes and more! Visit to find a participating center near you. For anyone in the Temecula area, Brunswick off of Cal Oaks Blvd is participating with FREE Bowling in the am from 10am – Noon and then will be apart of the national party at 8pm.

Kids Fest at Cal Oaks

Saturday August 22nd is Kids Fest at the Cal Oaks Brunswick in Murrieta. During Kids Fest attendees will enjoy a FREE hour of bowling. There will be prizes and $1 drink and hot dog deals. Parents can join the fun for $5. Be sure to register your child at the center in order to participate in Kids Fest.
Session times are:

  • 10am – 11am
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • 1pm – 2pm

Don’t strike out and take advantage of these awesome freebies before they are over!

Cruzin Mama

Camp Google

Image courtesy of Google

Image courtesy of Google

FREE Summer STEM Camp!

This summer Google has partnered with Kahn Academy, National Geographic and National Parks Services to bring Camp Google. Camp Google is a FREE online STEM camp geared for kids ages 7-10 years, but is open to kids of all ages. Each week is a new theme focusing on STEM areas such as the Ocean, Space, Nature and Music. You can revisit a previous weeks activities, so there’s no missing out. Campers learn about the subjects from experts and are giving instructions on how to participate with experiments at home. Complete weekly activities to earn badges. This is great fun free way to keep learning engaging this summer!

Happy STEM camping!

Cruzin Mama

Krikorian Kids Summer Movies

Krikorian Kids Summer Movies

Krikorian $1 Summer Movies

I almost forgot about this deal, Krikorian Theaters also offers a Summer Movie program for kids. The Krikorian Kids $1 movies are on Tuesdays at 10am and 12:30pm going on currently until August 18th. Find a local theater here and see below for the remaining weekly movie line up.

Krikorian Kids Series

  • July 21stBook of Life
  • July 28thRio 2
  • August 4thPaddington
  • August 11thPenguins of Madagascar
  • August 18thDolphin Tale 2

Enjoy the shows!

Cruzin Mama

Sea World Summer Nights

Sea World Summer Nights

Summer Fun at Sea World

The Cruzin Family recently visited Sea World San Diego. We were actually there for 4th of July and to say we had a great time is an understatement. Now I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding Sea World right now, but I have kept an open mind about things. I grew up visiting the park and remember all the wonder it brought to me. I have done my research and formed my opinion and that is what I encourage others to do as well, so I won’t be using this post to start an campaign but to just share about our recent visit.

Animal Encounters

New Tidepool Entrance at Sea World

Sea World has been going through some changes since my last visit almost 2-years ago. The entrance is completely upgraded. Now very bright and welcoming to guests. The ticket and reservation windows now look like a resort check-in. Once through the turnstiles you are immersed “underwater” to the touch pools of Explorer’s Reef. Here is where guest get a little hands on meeting with creatures of the sea; such as the White-spotted Bamboo Shark. Yes you can actually pet a shark!

Sea World Explorer's Reef

White-spotted Bamboo Shark touch pool

My brave kiddo was so excited to actually touch a shark.

Dolphin Cove

After exploring the new entrance we decided to plan out some show times and just spend the day most of the day walking and taking in the park. We didn’t want to try to plan too much as going to any amusement style park with kids trying to stick to a strict schedule can be daunting and make for a less enjoyable experience. Of course we made seeing the animals more of a priority than just riding all the rides the park has to offer. Our first animal encounter was the Dolphins at Dolphin Point. The area is also home to the Sea Otters, who upon our arrival were being fed and a very informative employee in a blue shirt was talking to guests about. There are “Blue Shirts” all over the park, mainly by animal encounters. These keepers, as you could say, are opening to answering guests questions about the animals and also give informative speeches throughout the day, similar to keeper talks at the local San Diego Zoo.

Dolphin Point at Sea World

Dolphin Point Educational Wall

The viewing glass is a great way to see the Dolphins swimming around. You may even meet face to face just like my son did. You can try to pet the beautiful animals as well from the surface view. My kiddos were very content just watching them. The area is like an outdoor museum per se. There are a few walls that are filled with information about Dolphin’s and even height and skull models for some interactive learning.

Sea Lions at Sea World

The Sea Lions and Seals are very active during feeding times. Guest are able to purchase fish during select times during the day to feed the animals. The animals in this area are actually rescued animals that even after rehabilitation were unable to return to the wild.

Shark Discovery - Sea World

No visit would be complete without braving the underwater tunnel in Shark Discovery.

Sculptures and Trivia

Recycled Art at Sea World

I love the way that Sea World is bringing attention to pollution. The Ocean, and all of the Planet, has so much beauty and wonder to offer. We must all do our part and pick up after ourselves especially after a visit to the beach. All the items that made up these beautiful scuptures were found at the beach/in the ocean. This trash is very harmful to animals and their habitats. So remember to through away trash in proper containers and recycle appropriate items.

Sea Turtle Recycled Art at Sea World

Visit WashedAshore.Org to learn more about the Art that is working to save the sea.

Sea World Trivia Signs

Keep a look out throughout the park for these trivia signs. They give a look into the history of Sea World which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. I found the Shamu Ride sign very interesting. It was a mild boat ride for children back in the 1970’s that cruised around the island for flamingos near the sky tower.

Play Time

Sea World Bay of Play

Sea World offers amusement park features such as a rollercoaster, Rapids ride, and a children’s play area. It’s a great way to let the kids get the wiggles out. Sesame Street’s Bay of Play is a great family area. It hosts three rides for little ones, a splash pad, and a very fun play area, where kids can climb up rope nets, walk across bridges and slide back down.

Sesame Street's Bay of Play

Bay of Play

This was the only area where my little guy wasn’t restricted on fun! He’s under 42″ so he is unable to ride almost all the other rides throughout the park.

Character Meet and Greets at Bay of Play

Meeting Cookie Monster at Sea World

Sesame Street’s Bay of Play wouldn’t be complete without the Sesame Street gang! Kids can meet their favorite characters and it makes for a great memory and photo opportuntiy.

Manta - Sea Worlds rollercoaster

Aside from Bay of Play, Sea World hosts quite a few thrill seeking rides. There is Shipwreck Rapids, Journey to Atlantis, Wild Artic, Riptide Rescue, and Manta. The Skytower and the Bayside Skyride offer great relaxing views and a perfect for all ages. My daughter and I are love a little thrill seeking so we rode most of the rides, a few of them twice. We both rode Manta for the very first time and it was a blast!

Riptide Rescue

Ride Tips

It was fairly overcast on our visit, so the park wasn’t too crowded. That made lines a shorter wait. But here are some tips to make the best out of Sea Worlds rides.

  • Overcast or cooler days means for shorter wait times for water rides.
  • Bring extra clothes and towels to dry off after the water rides. I also like to change into a swimsuit with a coverup for Shipwreck Rapids, since you will get drenched on this ride. Then after some drying we change back.
  • Try to catch a ride during a show. The wait times will usually be a lot less. When a show lets out that is when lines seem to almost double.

The Shows!
New Dolphin Show

We made it a point to catch at least two shows. We looked up show times for each one and chose a few times for more flexibility. We decided to see the Dolphin Show: Dolphin Days and the Shamu Show: Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night. Both are very popular so arrive at least 30 mins before showtime to secure a good spot. If you plan on catching Light Up The Night try arriving about an hour before show time as lines form and the stadium fills up quickly.

Bubbles the Short-finned Pilot Whale

The Dolphin Show: Dolphin Days

The Dolphin show was much more stripped down than the show I remember, but in a good way. It came across more educational and inspiring, yet still fun and exciting. The Dolphins still show off some of their many skills.

Summer Nights Shamu Show

Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night Show

We caught the last show of the day of Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night Show, which worked out perfectly since the fireworks were right after the shows end. Like the Dolphin Show, this show was a little more stripped down. The large screens before the show began displayed many Orca facts as well as other facts about the sea and its inhabitants.

After Shamu's Celebration - Firework Show

Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks Show

The Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks Show is a great way to end a fun-filled day at Sea World. This is a firework spectacular perfect for a cool summer night. Sea Worlds fireworks show is going now on select nights until September 6th. And starting on July 16th through August 30th is Summer Vibes, which is family-friendly performances by musicians, dance and vocal artists. Don’t miss out on the summer fun happening at Sea World!

Summer Fun at Sea World San Diego

Hope your next trip is as fun-filled as ours!

Cruzin Mama

Sea World San Diego
500 Sea World Drive,
San Diego, CA 92109
Summer Hours
Monday – Thrusday 9am – 9pm
Fridays 9am – 10pm
Saturdays 9am – 11pm
Sundays 9am – 10pm
*Times are subject to change*

Cruzin Mama was provided tickets by Sea World Parks for this visit. Everything stated in this post is the opinion of Cruzin Mama. All images are subject to copyright of Cruzin Mama.

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs

Summer break is in full swing and even with all the great activities and outings available there is still ways to squeeze in some education. A great way to do this is through one of the many summer reading programs. Summer reading programs keep your kids interested in learning over break with some fun rewards! So here are some programs to try out with your kids.

2015 Summer Reading Programs

  • Barnes & Noble
    Imagination’s Destination
    Stop by your local store and pick up a reading journal (or print one online here) The program is fairly simple; your child will read and record 8 books. They will also write a short recommendation for each book. Then once completed they will turn in their reading journal and in turn recieve a FREE book. The program is going on now until September 7th
  • Scholastic
    Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge
    This is a FREE online reading program. You log in your child’s minutes read to help break the summer reading world record. Logging in minutes will unlock online stories and rewards. Parents can find tips, activities and book lists.
  • Chuck E. Cheese
    Reading Rewards Program
    Chuck E. Cheese’s offers printable Rewards Calendars. These calendars work for a number of ways including Summer Reading. It’s simple and fun, just print a calendar and once completed turn it in to a local location for 10 FREE tokens!
  • Sylvan Learning
    Book Adventure
    Another FREE online Reading Program, this one doesn’t just have to be during the summer as it is available all year. Book Adventure is sponsered by Sylvan Learning. Children will read their books and go online to take a quiz towards earning rewards.
  • Local Library
    Summer Reading Program
    Many libraries, if not all, offer a Summer Reading Program for children, teens and even adults. Usually the requirement for the children’s program is just a weekly check in. Some may offer weekly rewards and a book upon completion of the program. My local library also holds summer Pajama Story Times and special events along with the Reading Program.

Keep learning fun this summer!

Cruzin Mama

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day! Enjoy the holiday weekend.

Cruzin Mama

4th of July Amusement Park Celebrations

4th of July Fireworks and Events in Riverside, San Diego and Orange County

Since my Fireworks and Events post was so full of information I decided to do a separate post just for 4th of July happenings at Amusement Parks. So if you plan on visiting one of the many parks we have here in Southern California this weekend, here is a guide to the special celebrations happening at them.

  • Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

    Disneyland Forever
    A firework spectacular like no other inside Disneyland. Featuring two original songs: “Live the Magic” and “Kiss Goodnight”, Disneyland takes spectators on a timeless journey through Disney tales. *Due to the shows immense popularity the regular 4th of July fireworks will not be presented, but a patriotic finale will follow the show on July 4th.*

    World of Color – Celebrate!
    Help celebrate the United States 239th birthday with a special performance of the World of Color.

    Military bands will be performing throughout the Disneyland Resort all weekend for more red, white, and blue entertainment.

  • Knott’s Berry Farm

    Fireworks Spectacular
    The park will be open for extended hours and will close out the night with a spectacular display of fireworks.

    Knott’s Summer Entertainment
    Knott’s has rolled out new summertime shows, Voyage to the Iron Reef 4-D ride and extended hours. There are 10 live shows going in this summer at the park, such as; Blockbuster Beagle, Vertical Impact, Vertical Imapact Geared Up, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, Big Fat Steve Band, Ghost Town Miners Bluegrass, Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers, and more. The fun is only on select days now until September 7th.

  • Sea World

    Sea to Shining Sea
    A dazzling fireworks extravaganza celebration the 4th of July. The show begins at 10:30pm and can be viewed from Mission Bay. The park has extended hours as well.

    Summer Nights
    Sea World is open later and the nighttime shows have returned. And on select nights Sea World’s ‘Celebrate the Wonder’ amazes with a firework finale.

  • Legoland

    Red, White and Boom!
    Celebrate 4th of July with great family fun at Legoland’s Red, White and Boom! Attend dance parties, take part in Lego building competitions, listen to live entertainment or take part in lawn games in Miniland. End the night with a firework display for a memorable Independence Day.

  • San Diego County Fair – A Fair to Remeber

    4th of July at the Fair
    Enjoy the final days of the San Diego County Fair. Enjoy the food, exhibits, rides and entertainment. Then end out the night with a traditional fireworks display, happening at 9pm.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

Cruzin Mama

4th of July Fireworks and Events

4th of July Fireworks and Events in Riverside, San Diego and Orange County

Still making plans for the holiday weekend? Well here’s a great list of firework shows and events going on for 4th of July. There are great events happening all over so I’ve complied some that are perfect for the whole family!

Riverside County

  • Riverside
  • Moreno Valley
        • Independence Day Parade
          Beginning at Alessandro Blvd 9am
          and concluding at Towngate Blvd.
        • Family Fun Fest
          Morrison Park/Mountain View Middle School
          Gates open at 1pm, events and fun from 2pm-9pm
          Entrance is FREE for Military with ID and children under 5, between 1pm-4pm FREE entry for all, $3 charge after 4pm
          Booths, live entertainment, food, fun for kids
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm

  • Corona
        • Main Street USA Parade
          Onatario Ave and Main Street 9am
        • Family Festival
          Santana Park 4pm
          Booths, food, live entertainment and children’s zone
          Fireworks show 9pm

  • Lake Elsinore
        • Family Fun Fest
          Lakepoint Park 6pm-10pm
          Live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities
          Fireworks show 9pm
        • Lake Elsinore Fireworks
          Viewable from Lakepoint Park, Elm Grove Beach, Davis Fishing Beach, and Whiskers Fishing Beach
          Fireworks show 9pm

  • Temecula
        • 4th of July Parade
          Old Town Front Street 10am
          Street closures start at 9am and run until about 12pm
        • Community Party and Fireworks
          Ronald Reagan Sports Park 2pm-9pm
          Live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities- kids zone cost $5
          CRC pool open from 11am-3pm
          Fireworks show 9pm synced with KATY 101.3

San Diego County

  • San Diego Bay
        • Big Bay Boom
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm synced to MAX 105.7
          Port of San Diego viewing locations: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and Coronado Ferry Landing
          Special events and cruises at many of the viewing locations

        • Coronado Independence Day Celebration
          Independence Day Parade 10am on Orange Ave
          Concert in the Park at Spreckles Park 4pm
          Fireworks show 9pm at Glorietta Bay

        • Ocean Beach Fireworks at the Pier
          Fireworks show 9pm at Ocean Beach Pier

  • South Bay
        • National City 4th of July Carnival and Fireworks
          Carnival is July 1st-5th 12pm-Midnight, with Fireworks on July 4th at 9pm
          Food, vendors, rides, games and more

        • Imperial Beach Fireworks at the Pier
          Fireworks show at Imperial Beach Pier 9pm synced to KyXy 96.5

  • East County
        • Julian 4th of July Parade
          Main Street 10am
          Featuring musical presentations, “Gunfight and Bank Robbery”, flyovers by vintage aircrafts, and raffle for ride in one of the aircrafts through Sky Sailing
        • Ramona Community Picnic and Fireworks
          Olive Peirce Middle School from 5pm-9pm
          Family fun activites
          Firework Spectacular 9pm

        • El Cajon Picnic and Fireworks
          Kennedy Park community picnic and fireworks 12pm-9pm
          Vendors, activites and family picnicking
          Fireworks display 9pm

  • North County
        • La Jolla Cove 4th Celebration
          La Jolla Cove Fireworks 8pm-10pm

        • Mira Mesa 4th Celebration
          Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade begins at Mira Mesa Blvd at 11:30am
          Family Fun Day at the Park opens at 11am with food, vendors, carnival rides, games and entertainment
          Fireworks Extravaganza 9pm

        • San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
          Bradley Park
          Jumpers, carnival games, live entertainment and food vendors
          Fireworks show 9pm

        • Vista Independence Day Celebration
          Brengle Terrace Park and Moonlight Amphitheater 7am-9pm
          Park opens at 7am
          Moonlight Amphitheater opens at 5pm, cost is $5 per person, children under 5 and Militart with ID are free. Parking is $15 per car
          Fireworks show 9pm

        • Escondido Independence Day Featival and Fireworks
          Grape Day Park 4pm-9pm
          Live entertainment, special announcements and guest speakers, crafts, games, activities, contests and more
          Fireworks display 9pm

Orange County

  • Anaheim
        • OC Block Party Fireworks Spectacular
          Angel’s Stadium of Anaheim 3pm-11pm
          Carnival games, food, vendors, live entertainment and more
          Cost is $7 online, $10 at the door
          Fireworks Spectacular 9:45pm

        • Anaheim Hills Celebration
          Canyon High School & Peralta Park 1pm-9pm
          Patriotic Parade begins at 1pm at Canyon Hills High School
          Family Fun at Peralta Park is from 3pm-8:45pm with vendors, live music, games and more
          Fireworks show 9pm

        • Fullerton Festival and Fireworks Show
          Fullerton High School 5pm-9:30pm
          Live entertainment, activites and more
          Firework show 9pm

  • Santa Ana
        • Santa Ana Independence Celebration
          Centennial Park 4pm-9:30pm
          Food, face painting, kids zone, Canon exhibition, history walk, and more
          Fireworks Show 9pm

        • Tustin Annual 4th of July Celebration
          Tustin High School 6:30pm-9pm
          Live music, food drive and picnicking
          Fireworks display 9pm

        • Irvine Concert on the Green & Fireworks Festival
          Irvine High School 3pm-9pm
          Live music, kids activities, food court and more
          Cost $15 Adults, $10 Seniors/Children, Under 2 is Free, Family Ticket packs available
          Fireworks show 9pm

        • Lake Forest 4th of July Parade
          Parade begins at Ridge Route & Toledo Way at 10am
          Concluding at El Toro High School
          Be aware of street closures, this is a parade only event- no fireworks

  • Dana Point
        • Dana Point Fireworks Extravaganza
          Dana Point Harbor 9pm
          Fireworks Extravaganza begins at 9pm is synced to KSBR 88.5

        • San Juan Capistrano July 4th Celebration
          San Juan Capistrano Sports Park 12pm-10pm
          Carnival atmosphere, food, vendors, rides and attractions, live entertainment, giveaways and more
          Fireworks display 9pm

        • San Clemente Firewirks Show
          Fireworks show at the San Clemente Pier 9pm

  • Newport
        • Newport Beach Old Glory Boat Parade
          Newport Harbor 1pm-3:30pm
          Watch boats parade through Newport Harbor in honor of Independence Day
          Parade theme “United We Stand”

        • Balboa Peninsula Fireworks at the Dunes
          Viewable form Balboa Island
          Fireworks at the Dunes 9pm

        • Mission Viejo Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular
          Olympiad Road & Melinda Road, near Lake Mission Viejo
          Rides, games, food, vendors, music and more
          Fireworks show at dusk

        • Huntington Beach Parade &Pier Festival
          Festival is July 3rd-5th with exhibitors, food, family activites, live entertainment and more
          Parade is July 4th 10am-12pm
          Fireworks over the ocean July 4th 9pm

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

    Cruzin Mama

    Avengers Assemble this Summer at Lowe’s

    Lowe's Build and Grow: Avengers Assemble

    Lowe’s Build and Grow Super Summer Builds

    This summer Lowe’s Build and Grow kids workshops have gotten a Marvel treatment. The builds are apart special Avengers Assemble series with each one focusing on a member of the Avengers team and their method of transportation. The first two builds were Iron Man with his jet and Captain America with his motorcycle. The next upcoming build will feature Black Widow on Saturday July 11th at 10am.

    Children who attend and complete a build recieve goggles, a fun goggle mask, Build and Grow apron (goggles and apron are given to first time attendees), and a corresponding build patch. Registration is required to reserve a spot at the build, but there are sometimes no-shows and extra kits. So if you are unable to register for a build try showing up to your local Lowe’s early and see about a walk-up spot. All builds start promptly at 10am. Registration for an upcoming build is always the Monday after a current build. *i.e. July 11th is the Black Widow build, so Monday July 13th will be the registration for the July 25th Hawkeye build.* You can find upcoming Build and Grow clinics and registration by going to

    Avengers Assemble- Lowe's Build and Grow Summer Series

    Avengers Assemble Schedule

    • Black Widow Skycycle July 11th
    • Hawkeye Quinjet July 25th
    • Hulk Tank August 8th
    • Thor Chariot August 22nd

    Have a marvelous time building!

    Cruzin Mama

    Free STEM Camp at Apple Stores

    Apple Camp - Free Summer STEM Camp

    This July Apple Camp is back!

    Did you know that Apple Stores offer FREE STEM Summer Camps for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. Kids are able to let their imaginations run wild while learning how to use computer programming for such things as Movie Making or Digital Storybooks. Camps are for three days and are an hour and half long each day. There are two camps to choose from; Stories in Motion with iMovie and Interactive Storytelling with iBooks. Apple Camp sessions begin July 20th and conclude the week of August 5th.

    My daughter at the Interactive Storytelling Camp Session last summer

    My daughter at the Interactive Storytelling Camp Session last summer

    Last summer my daughter attended the Interactive Storytelling Camp at our local Apple Store. She had an absolute blast at Camp. She learned how to use illustrator, power point and at the end of camp showed of her story during a little presentation to her fellow campers and their parents. At the start of Apple Camp she was provided with a Camp t-shirt and employee style name badge. On the last day of camp she was given an Apple Camp bracket that concealed a USB containing her digital storybook. She loved when it was camp days and asked to be signed up for more, unfortunately we were unable to since camps fill up extremely fast. So this year I checked everyday for when registration would be open (even though I signed up to receive an email when it does), I’m a little impatient. But my persistence has paid off, my daughter is registered for both camps and I am sharing this opportunity to everyone!

    That’s right Apple Camp registration is now open! I haven’t even received the email to announce registration openings yet, so this is a way to stay ahead of everyone by using the link provided to register now. You can find a local store and reserve a spot for your child now at

    Camp spaces are very limited, you don’t want to have to wait another year for your kids to attend these great camps!

    Cruzin Mama